This summer there were a great number of hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and U.S. Gulf Coast. The destruction was significant, killing thousands and destroying properties across several countries and states from wind damage to flooding. Similar to past disasters, Lions and LCIF quickly responded to provide immediate relief items and help families to get back on their feet.
Hurricane Gustav caused $20 billion in damage and caused great flooding damage in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, areas previously hard hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. LCIF issued five Emergency grants to Lions districts in Mississippi and Louisiana, totaling $50,000 in relief funds. Grants totaling $15,000 were also awarded to Lions in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Hurricane Ike, the ninth hurricane of the summer, also hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S., making landfall in Texas and causing destruction along hundreds of miles of coastline. LCIF has issued five Emergency grants to districts in Texas and Louisiana, totaling $50,000 for immediate needs.
Following disastrous flooding in Bihar, India in September, LCIF issued a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant. Bihar is one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of India. More than half a million people remain homeless from the floods.
LCIF has responded to a number of recent natural disasters around the world. Since July 1, LCIF has issued $464,000 in Emergency grants. Emergency grants and Major Catastrophe grants are funded through LCIF’s general humanitarian fund. Donations to support these disasters and future disasters can be made online at www.lcif.org/donate or by calling 630-468-6774. Contact LCIF by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that a "Hurricane Ike Relief 2008" fund has been established to aid those affected by the storm.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our Foundation. As members, we all belong to LCI, but LCIF belongs to us.
LCIF continues to be in touch with Lions in the affected areas to assess the situation and respond as needed. As LCIF receives additional information, it will be posted here.